I get really excited about beauty products. If I see an imminent product launch on Temptalia or Instagram and that product tickles my fancy, I often mark the release date (in my mind or my iCal) and hope I don’t die of excitement between now and then.
The Nars Dual Intensity Eyeshadows were plastered all over Instagram and blogs for weeks ahead of their launch, but for some reason, I just wasn’t all that excited. Maybe they didn’t photograph well. Maybe I just don’t feel the same about monos as I do about palettes. Maybe I laughed at the whole “dual intensity” gimmick because literally any shadow can be used wet or dry for different effects. (I know that last one is true.)
Well, I should have been excited.
So here’s me hopefully compensating for that with some retroactive excitement.
I was in Sephora returning the tragic Cream Lip Stain and, of course, I ended up spending more money than I got back. Surprise. I was playing with the new Nars shadows and found myself seriously impressed by them.
For starters, the formula rocks – they are buttery soft. Some of the traditional Nars shadows, particularly the light shades, can be a little chalky and stiff. Not so with these. A quick swatch of the whole line proved consistently smooth and downright delightful. Impressive.
Then there are the shades. I don’t think there’s a single shade in this range that I wouldn’t wear in some capacity. Some are more daytime appropriate than others – like Himalia, which has quickly become my everyday shadow. But every shade is interesting, gorgeous, and unique – the last one being an especially difficult feat in today’s saturated beauty market.
Himalia offers a dense, foil-like finish whether applied wet or dry. Obviously, a wet application yields more impact. In either case, here’s the caveat: ditch the brush. Yep, I find this shadow to apply best with my fingers. I smooth a primer onto my lids, then rub my ring finger in the product and dab it on. You could stop there, but for my own
perfectionism sanity I like to blend things out with a brush – something fluffy like a MAC 217 or Sigma E40 works nicely.
As for a mono being less exciting than a palette, I’ve gotta say that that holds true. But I’ve found it to be quite liberating. Sometimes I feel like my palettes have too much choice; with this as my go-to, I can just reach for this tiny little square and be done with it. Not to mention that its size makes it seriously travel-friendly.
Oh, Nars. I’m sorry I ever doubted you.